meant to be newport itself. a tony, old-money, new england enclave looking to spice things up making their pitch to george wein at the time, a boston jazz club owner. >> we'd like to do something with jazz in newport. >> reporter: today, the newport jazz festival is considered the granddaddy of outdoor festivals. >> the people that have played here before us, duke ellington, lewis armstrongs, they say, wow, we're on that list too.
>> reporter: 60 years later george wein is still in charge. was it difficult to get big names to come at first? >> no because the big names weren't getting that much money in those days. >> reporter: it hasn't always been smooth sailing, but wein's proudest moments have been watching careers blossom from this stage. >> we brought miles davis back. he was finished and played about midnight here in 1955. the next thing you know he was